Sci/tech

Obama's energy czar visits Oakland program
April 12, 2009 11:09 AM - Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune

President Barack Obama's energy and climate-change czar seemed to like what she saw at a green-jobs training program Friday in West Oakland. "It is so impressive what you all are doing," Carol Browner said while visiting the Cypress Mandela Training Center on Poplar Street, noting this was her first solo field trip in her capacity as head of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change"

Climate change 'own goal': Laws to combat acid rain are DRIVING Arctic warming, claims Nasa
April 12, 2009 11:00 AM - Cher Thornhill, Daily Mail

It is widely recognised that humans are their own worst enemies when it comes to global warming. But the latest research from Nasa suggests laws created to preserve the environment are causing much of the damage. Legislation to improve air quality and cut acid rain has accounted for a shocking half of Arctic warming over the past three decades, the space agency reports.

Seals and robotic subs monitor Antarctic climate change
April 10, 2009 02:38 PM - CNN

Elephant seals equipped with electronic tags and robotic mini submarines using sonar were just two projects during the International Polar Year (IPY) that aimed to investigate the effects of global warming in polar regions.

Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

The global warming situation has become so dire that Barack Obama's chief scientific adviser has raised with the president the possibility of massive-scale technological fixes to alter the climate known as 'geo-engineering'. John Holdren, who is a member of the president's cabinet, said today the drastic measures should not be "off the table" in discussions on how best to tackle climate change. While his office insisted that he was not proposing a dramatic switch in policy, Holdren said geo-engineering could not be ruled out.

Solar-powered cooker wins climate prize
April 9, 2009 10:44 AM - Richard Black, BBC News

A cheap solar cooker has won $75,000 prize in a contest for green ideas. The cooker could sterilize water and could help 3 billion poor people cut greenhouse gases, and fight global warming.

Obama Administration Relies on Fast and Furious Rebound in Car Sales
April 9, 2009 10:08 AM - Josh Voorhees, Scientific America

Fuel efficiency rules, ethanol mandates and other government programs depend on a rapid rise in new car sales.

Improving the rules on carbon projects
April 8, 2009 10:01 AM - ZhongXiang Zhang, SciDevNet

Climate negotiations must promote capacity building, not impose quotas, if all developing countries are to benefit from the Clean Development Mechanism, argues ZhongXiang Zhang.

Soaps and detergents 'could help tackle bird flu'
April 8, 2009 09:50 AM - A. A. Khan, SciDevNet

Commercially available soaps and detergents could kill the bird flu virus that causes extensive damage to poultry and can infect humans, scientists in Pakistan report.

Pourable Batteries Could Store Green Power
April 8, 2009 09:42 AM - Eric Bland, Discovery News

The race is on to develop smaller, more powerful and more solid batteries for devices like laptop computers, cell phones, GPS receivers and other portable devices.

G.M. and Segway Build an EV
April 8, 2009 09:35 AM - Chuck Squatriglia, Wired

General Motors and the people who make the world's coolest scooter have developed a two-wheeled, two-seat electric car that's essentially a big honkin' Segway.

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